Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

The Associated Press

Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region.

Media outlets report that the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club's Virginia chapter said Thursday they have given a 60-day notice of their plans to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the terminal's permit.

The Richmond-based groups say the corps did not properly consider the terminal's potential risks to endangered species.

The Yorktown terminal is owned and operated by Plains Marketing, a division of Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline LP.

Two Yorktown-bound trains have derailed and exploded in recent years. One occurred along the James River in Lynchburg in April 2014. The other was in February in Mount Carbon, West Virginia.

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